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Q: In the state of Ohio if you have a will does the estate need to go through probate court?

Joseph M Braun answered on Aug 16, 2017

It really depends on the property that needs to be probated. Personal property held by a trust need not go through probate. Real Property that is held as a joint tenancy with rights of survivorship or property previously designated as a transfer on death designation need not go through probate.... Read more »

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Q: My father passed away 5 years ago. He was survived by his 2nd wife (my step mom of course)& I do not talk to her at all

I have not seen my step mom since the funeral. I have a brother, step-brother, & step sister. It was always communicated to us kids that there was a will and that the house would be divided equally between the 4 kids. My step mom is now selling the home. Are me and my brother entitled to any of... Read more »

Joseph M Braun answered on May 9, 2017

There are a few things that need to be answered before it is determined if you have rights:

1.) You need to find out if there was a will and you will need to produce the original copy to the probate court,

2.) You should find out how the home is titled, as in who the home was deeded...
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